Is my chicken sick?

SilkieMomPoof

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My Silkie hen has been panting a lot, and no longer likes eating mealworms? She gets excited and kills them, but then just leaves them and shakes her head at them. I still see her eating seeds and other feed so it's not like she isn't eating at all. She's not sneezing, but her cluck does sound a little strained perhaps? She just seems distressed in general. Any clue what might be going on? I'm concerned she may have some sort of respiratory illness.
 

SilkieMomPoof

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Her crop feels rather hard, but she's free-range so it's hard to find and distinguish her poops.
 

Eggcessive

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You can check her crop first thing at daylight, and then look under her roost for her droppings. Her crop should normally be mostly empty by morning if it is working properly.
 

Eggcessive

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It was rather hot today inside our coop, even with a fan pulling air through the coop. Chickens will pant and hold wings away from the body if they are overheated.
 

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